VISTA (CNS) - A 20-year-old former Camp Pendleton Marine was convicted Tuesday of murder charges in the beating and stabbing death of an Oceanside man in a dispute over a refurbished classic car.
Xavier Akeem Adams faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when sentenced April 20 for the Aug. 23, 2009, slaying of 23-year-old Charles Evan Williams.
Jurors found true special circumstance allegations of murder during arobbery and murder during a carjacking.
Another former Marine, Raphael Ramey, 21, was convicted last month offirst-degree murder, with a special circumstance allegation of torture, and wassentenced to life in prison without parole.
At Oceanside police headquarters, Ramey - in a videotaped statementplayed in court during an earlier hearing - told detectives that he was upset because he had paid Williams $12,500 for a 1970 Chevrolet Impala in June and it still wasn't ready.
Ramey said he went to see Williams on the day of the killing, and when the victim told him his car would be ready in two weeks, he "cut" him.
Adams told detectives in his videotaped statement that he was armed outside the door and was prepared to stop the victim if he tried to get away from Ramey. He also said he stabbed Williams a couple of times, according to Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani.
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